Mozby’s 2.0 Reef - Cadlights Artisan II 70G

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Mozby, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    So the time has come to finally pull the trigger on a tank upgrade. The nuvo20 was an awesome starter, but after a year of reefing, I was seriously itching for more room. To my surprise, the wife approved of a larger tank, so I wasted no time searching. My thanks to @RandyC for spotting this deal for me and a HUGE thanks to @Rostato for helping me transport the tank and stand all the way from Rohnert Park (Fun fact: A tank and stand of this size can fit into a Honda Element!)

    The system is a CADLIGHTS Artisan II 70G. Not sure why they over-inflate the size but when you calculate based on dims, the DT is closer to 65g. Dims are 36”L x 24”W x 18”H, which I really like. The sump is 30g.

    The package came with a TIA 115 protein skimmer as well as a Jebo heater and return pump, but I’ll be upgrading equipment before its up and running. Thinking Reef Octopus Varios-4 for return and a finnex titanium heater? Suggestions are welcome.

    The stock plumbing is a durso plus emergency standpipe and some flex tubing. I intend to convert it to a herbie and hard plumb as much as I can. No experience with this whatsoever, so any help is greatly appreciated.

    So... unlike my first endeavor, where all the equipment and supplies were procured and ready to go, this one is a work-in-progress and probably won’t be ready for awhile but that’s alright. This being my first sumped system, I want to do this right and not have to worry about it later.

    I have a ton of questions on how I should move forward and might put that on a separate post. Meanwhile here are some pics!

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  2. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    woot !
     
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  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Maybe 70G is just the model number and doesn't have anything to do with size, kind of like Red Sea 250 (oh wow 250gallons!) 250 liters? Liter?! is that even real, that's a unit of soda!

    Regardless, it looks nice, is the sump glass too?
     
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  4. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    water changes are your best friend
    make them large and often
     
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  5. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Thanks! Yep, it is a glass sump.


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  6. xcaret

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  7. ddrueckh

    ddrueckh Guest

    What a great tank. Can’t wait to see water in it. You will enjoy the extra space.
     
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  8. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    Plenty more room in that Honda Element as well.
     
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  9. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

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  10. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    I’m still pretty sure it’s already converted to imperial. The fittings have imperial sizes opwritten on them.
     
  11. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Thanks! I am definitely excited about the space but somehow feel a little dread about building a nice aquascape to fit it.


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  12. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    That’s right. But in the event we mess up the stock plumbing and have to re-do, then this will come in handy!


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  13. cdhappy

    cdhappy Supporting Member

    Congrats on the new setup! Love the dimensions (perfect depth for a very cool reef-scape), looking forward to watching it develop!
     
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  14. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Plumbing parts have arrrived...
    [​IMG]


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  15. musclebenz

    musclebenz Supporting Member

    Can't wait to see the finished product
     
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  16. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    from the above pis, the external skimmer is NOT a good fit
    unless you want to step over it as you go down the steps
     
  17. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Agreed, thanks.


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  18. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Looks like I got some ‘scaping to do...

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  19. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    Hurry up already


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  20. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Good things come to those who wait


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